Linda Hamilton

“I use pen and ink and watercolour paint to create colourful, detailed paintings.  My original pieces explore line, texture, and negative space. I take inspiration from nature; flowers and plants are my favourite subjects.

I am continually experimenting with different techniques, sometimes incorporating silhouette and cut out elements into my paintings.  I use a Rapidograph refillable ink pen and Windsor and Newton paints to create my works. The cut-out elements are done with a scalpel-style blade or with tiny paper cutting scissors. I mount cut-out paintings with small pieces of mat board behind the designs to create shadows and enhance the three-dimensional effect.

I also create paper sculptures of flowers and foliage. These are a departure for me in terms of medium but thematically very much in keeping with the rest of my work. These replica flowers are made of paper, wire, tape, and paint and range in size from tiny to many times life size. I usually make mock-ups in plain copy paper to create patterns which I then transfer to coloured or painted paper.”   – L.Hamilton

Linda earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at York University (2003) where she studied drawing, painting, and art history.  She has taught art classes to children for many years and loves to see how they express themselves creatively, including her own two children. She has also worked as a floral designer, which provides her with an endless source of subject matter. She lives with her family in Almonte, Ontario.

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